Avalanche 5, Stars 4

By: AP
By: AP
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Milan Hejduk scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche held on for a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Darcy Tucker, Ryan Smyth and Tyler Arnason also scored for the Avalanche (2-3) in their first road win of the season.

Joe Sakic and Wojtek Wolski had two assists each for Colorado.

Fabian Brunnstrom, James Neal, Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards had goals for the sluggish Stars (1-3-1). Dallas also had a late goal overturned.

Colorado took a 5-2 lead into the third period, but Dallas got close when Eriksson scored from the slot with 18 minutes left and Richards scored 4:47 later.

The Stars thought they'd pulled even at 5 with 7:31 left on Brenden Morrow's power-play deflection off Richards' centering pass.

But after a video review, officials ruled that the puck went in off Morrow's glove and the goal was disallowed.

A turnover by Dallas' Mike Modano developed into a 2-on-1 Colorado rush, and Hejduk notched his fourth goal of the season off Paul Stastny's setup at 6:44 of the opening period.

Brunnstrom's power-play goal at 16:25 of the first period tied it at 1, but the Avalanche capitalized on another 2-on-1 only 1:14 later when Tucker converted Wolski's pass.

Neal drew Dallas even at 2 only 13 seconds into the second period, scoring from the slot.

Hejduk put Colorado back in front 3-2 on the power play at 5:29 of the second period when his one-timer from the left circle bounced off the goal post, off Dallas goalie Marty Turco's skate and into the net.

Smyth's power-play rebound at 13:06 of the second period made it 4-2.

Turco got caught out of position as he tried to play the puck behind his net, and Arnason popped a shot into an open net at 18:05 of the second period to stretch Colorado's advantage to 5-2.

Notes: Stastny and Sakic have points in all five games this season. ... Stars D Doug Janik left the game early in the second period to get medical treatment after taking a puck in the face and did not return. ... Rookies Brunnstrom and Neal have combined for six of Dallas' 16 goals this season. ... Stars coach Dave Tippett shook up his lines in an effort to jump-start the offense after a 6-1 loss at St. Louis on Thursday night. ... Seconds after the third-period goal was disallowed, Morrow was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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